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Secretary Perdue Expects Third Tranche of Trade Aid Payments
   2019-12-12 00:00:59.951
Secretary Perdue is expecting a third round of payments for this year's Market Facilitation Program. (Stephanie Ho and Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue)

Actuality: Secretary Perdue Urges Farmers Not to Count on Trade Aid Next Year
   2019-12-12 00:00:31.059
Speaking to reporters at a Farmers Business Network conference in Nebraska, Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue urges farmers not to count on trade aid next year.

Some Ag. Lenders Helping Farmers Deal with more than Financial Stress
   2019-12-12 00:00:57.991
Some agricultural lenders are trying to help producers deal with more than just financial stress. (Gary Crawford, Marc Knisely and Shan Hanes)

Perdue Hoping for a Combination Birthday/Christmas Present from Congress
   2019-12-12 00:00:53.054
On Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue's wish list--a vote in Congress on the US/Mexico/Canada trade agreement. (Gary Crawford and Sec'y Sonny Perdue)

A Very Busy Week for USDA's ReConnect Rural Broadband Program
   2019-12-12 00:00:59.088
The work of bringing broadband to rural areas is getting a big boost this week from USDA. (Gary Crawford and Sec'y Sonny Perdue)

Federal Hiring Rules Hurting USDA Efforts to Staff Local Offices
   2019-12-12 00:00:58.070
A considerable number of local county level USDA offices are understaffed, but hiring new people is proving difficult. (Gary Crawford and Sec'y Sonny Perdue)

Updates on China Corn Production and World Corn Balance Sheet
   2019-12-12 00:01:00.107
New official production numbers from China meant updates to USDA's global corn supply and demand estimates for December. (Rod Bain and Acting World Agricultural Outlook Board Chair Mark Jekanowski)

Stronger World Market Demand for U.S. Wheat Exports
   2019-12-12 00:00:59.742
Various market factors are creating greater global demand for our country's wheat. (Rod Bain and Acting World Agricultural Outlook Board Chair Mark Jekanowski)

Want to Go to College? USDA Can Help.
   2019-12-12 00:00:59.951
Do you want to go to college, but aren't sure how you're going to pay the tuition bill? USDA can help. (Stephanie Ho and Michael Dukes, 1890's National Scholars Program)

Actuality: 1890's Scholars Program Aims to Encourage Minorities
   2019-12-12 00:00:43.415
Michael Dukes, with the 1890's National Scholars Program, says the program is aimed at getting more minorities involved in agriculture.

Actuality: USDA Scholarship Applications Must Be Mailed In
   2019-12-12 00:00:25.730
Michael Dukes, with the 1890's National Scholars Program, says applications for the scholarships must be submitted by mail, and not in person.

USDA Food Safety Agency Has Entry Level Food Inspector Jobs to Fill
   2019-12-12 00:01:00.055
If you are looking to start or re-start your work career, then you should know that the USDA is looking to fill several food inspector vacancies across the country. (Gary Crawford and Carmen Rottenberg)

Actuality: What Type of Person Is USDA Seeking as Entry Level Food Inspectors?
   2019-12-12 00:00:24.293
Carmen Rottenberg, Administrator of USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service, describing what type of candidates USDA is looking for in filling entry level food inspector jobs.

Secretary Perdue Announces More Reconnect Broadband Funds Available
   2019-12-12 00:01:00.029
Secretary Perdue announced more funds available under USDA's Reconnect program to bring broadband internet connectivity to rural areas. (Stephanie Ho and Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue)

Actuality: Secretary Perdue Provides Possible China Export Numbers
   2019-12-12 00:00:30.119
Speaking to reporters in Iowa, Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue provided some possible numbers for ag purchases from China.

Sign-Up Period Extended for Dairy Margin and Market Facilitation Programs
   2019-12-11 00:00:55.902
USDA is giving producers a few more days to sign up for the Dairy Margin Coverage and Market Facilitation programs. (Stephanie Ho and USDA Undersecretary Bill Northey)


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Features

Agriculture USA


Are Real Christmas Trees Staging a Major Comeback?
   2019-12-10 00:05:00.042
After years of sagging sales of real Christmas trees, there was a huge increase last year. Is this a fluke or a trend? If it's a trend, what's behind it? Gary Crawford takes a look on this holiday edition of Agriculture USA. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford. Tim O'Connor, Executive Director of the National Christmas Tree Association. Tree farmers, Jim Gehlsen and Larry Synder. Also several Christmas tree farm workers and customers. Plus, Darren McGavin and Melinda Dillon from the cast of A Christmas Story.

Consumer Time


Don't Invite Bacteria to Your Holiday Potluck Dinner
   2019-12-10 00:03:00.062
The holiday season is prime time for potluck dinners and buffets. A food safety expert says don't invite bacteria to that meal. Gary Crawford has more. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford and Janell Goodwin with USDA's Meat and Poultry Hotline. ****Broadcasters: The USDA's Meat and Poultry Hotline number is 888-MPHOTLINE(888-674-5463) Listeners can also go online to Ask.usda.gov ****

Are You Stressed Out by the Holidays?
   2019-12-10 00:03:00.009
Are the holidays stressing you out? One expert has some ways to reduce the holiday stress level. Gary Crawford has more. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford. Ohio State Extension Family Wellness Expert, Dr. Jim Bates. Also Ellen Degeneres.

Holiday Gifting on a Low Budget
   2019-12-10 00:02:58.729
If you are facing the holidays with little money for gifts, Gary Crawford has a story on how to still enjoy the season on a low budget. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford and Amanda Woods, Ohio State University Extension family finance expert.

Some History about the Christmas Tree
   2019-12-10 00:02:59.722
The holiday tradition of the Christmas tree has a long and storied history. Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and Craig McKinley, retired Oklahoma State University Extension expert.

Be Aware, Dear, of Deer, While Driving
   2019-12-10 00:02:59.591
The chance of a collision between a motor vehicle and a deer increase in the winter months, so how can drivers avoid this? Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and Terry Messmer of Utah State University Extension

Agriculture Update


CRP Sign-Up Periods Underway Including General Enrollment
   2019-12-10 00:02:30.099
The latest general sign-up of USDA's Conservation Reserve Program is among the highlights of various CRP acreage enrollment periods offered now and through 2020. Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and Farm Service Agency Assistant Deputy Administrator Brad Karmen

U.S. Ag Sector on U.S.-Japan Mini-Trade Agreement
   2019-12-10 00:02:14.373
Members of our nation's farm and food industry note the importance of a mini-trade deal with Japan, and their hopes going forward with further negotiations. Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain. Jim Monroe of the National Pork Producers Council. Marty Smith of the National Cattlemen's Beef Association. Darren Armstrong of the U.S. Grains Council. Bill Gordon of the American Soybean Association.

Organic Farmers Discuss Importance of Soil Health
   2019-12-10 00:02:29.942
Soil health is critically important -- and organic farmers share some of the ways they've been working to maintain this natural resource. Stephanie Ho has the story. PARTICIPANTS: Stephanie Ho. Matt Lohr, NRCS Chief. Ben Whalen, Bumble Root Farms. Jeremy Brown, organic cotton producer. Jeff Huckaby, Grimmway Farms.

The Early Look at Western Mountain Snowpack Supplies
   2019-12-10 00:02:19.598
The main source of annual water supplies out West is starting to accumulate, but to what degree are mountain snowpack levels currently at throughout the region? Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and USDA meteorologist Brad Rippey

Tight Supply of Real Christmas Trees this Season
   2019-12-10 00:02:28.401
Supplies of real Christmas trees are tight this season. What's behind the tighter supply? Gary Crawford takes a look in this report. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford. Tim O'Connor, Executive Director of the National Christmas Tree Association. Pennsylvania Christmas Tree Grower, Larry Snyder.